It’s that time of year again. I am amazed at how much earlier Christmas seems to come to advertisers and retailers. I’ve seen Christmas trees, lit and ready; stockings hung on store walls; wreaths, ropes and bulbs. Wrapping paper too. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I don’t know why folks like to trapse over Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday.
Some people immediately understand why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Usually, it’s their favorite too or they just get why it’s so important. But others need a little explanation. And that’s okay. Someone once told me that they couldn’t understand the importance of Thanksgiving since we do not exchange gifts. They argued that on Christmas, Valentine’s Day and even Birthdays, we get gifts. And they wondered why I would choose lowly Thanksgiving, the holiday with no gifts, to pick as my favorite.
Well, here’s what I told them – paraphrased, of course. I believe we do get a gift on Thanksgiving. And, it’s the best gift. It’s not the food – it’s the company. Thanksgiving is the holiday where we get to celebrate each other. We celebrate how God has been good to us in providing for our every need. We celebrate how we’ve been able to use the resources that God has provided to glorify His name. We celebrate the cooks in the kitchen, whether it’s our own kitchen or not, as we partake of all the pleasantries that grace each table. We talk. We live. We just are. At Thanksgiving, we see folks we hardly ever see anymore and we re-connect. I love Thanksgiving.
I’m thankful to God for Thanksgiving. I wish these pesky retailers would stop trying to rush and/or overlook my favorite holiday, and instead just be grateful.
So many political ads! Ugh. I’m ready for this election to be over. I feel this way because I’ve already done my part. I’ve already voted. Have you? If you have, great! If not, keep reading.
Look, you need to get to the polls on tomorrow, November 2nd. We have come too far to not vote now. Everybody is saying that but what does it really mean? Can I give you an example. Google Fannie Lou Hamer. She was a civil rights activist as well an a political activist. Perhaps that will provide a bit of inspiration. But if knowing the efforts and trials that Fannie Lou Hamer endured isn’t enough to get you to research the candidates and then rollout to vote on Tuesday, remember this:
The harassment. The beatings. The blood. The dogs. The lynchings. The tears. The fears. The marches. The legistlation. The victory. I’m not telling you who to vote for. Just vote. Do your research on each candidate and vote. In my county – a progressive county with lots to offer every nationality, we are hearing reports of harassment at the early voting polls. Some people are being told that they cannot vote when it is their right to vote. Don’t fall victim to this injustice. Know your rights. Visit the Elections Homepage for your state if you have questions, but don’t turn around now. Press your way in and vote your convictions.
We don’t have time for Wednesday morning quarterbacking. We need to know who we want and make our vote count. Fannie Lou Hamer made her efforts count. Will you? Please do! VOTE!!! VOTE!!! VOTE!!!